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Hispanic OriginReferring to any person whose primary ethnic ancestry is of primarily Spanish-speaking countries. Hispanic origin includes Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Hispanic origin. ( American Travel Survey (ATS) 1995 )
HouseholdA group of persons whose usual place of residence is a specific housing unit; these persons may or may not be related to each other. The total of all U.S. households represents the total civilian non-institutionalized population. Does not include group quarters (i.e., 10 or more persons living together, none of whom are related). ( Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) )
The basic sampling and reporting unit for collecting travel and other information in the American Travel Survey. A household consists of all persons who occupy a housing unit such as a house, apartment, or rooms that form separate living quarters. ( American Travel Survey (ATS) 1995 )
Household CompositionOne of any classifications regarding the relationship of household members to each other and the presence or absence of children. ( American Travel Survey (ATS) 1995 )
Household IncomeThe money income of all family members in a household, including those temporarily absent. Annual income is asked for the 12 months preceding the interview. Includes income from all sources, such as wages and salary, commissions, tips, cash bonuses, income from a business or farm, pensions, dividends, interest, unemployment or work men's compensation, social security, veterans' payments, rent received from owned property (minus the operating costs), public assistance payments, regular gifts of money from friends or relatives not living in the household, alimony, child support, and other kinds of periodic money income other than earnings. Excludes in-kind income such as room and board, insurance payments, lump-sum inheritances, occasional gifts of money from persons not living in the same household, withdrawal of savings from banks, tax refunds, and the proceeds of the sale of one's house, car or other personal property. ( Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) )
Household MembersAll people, whether present or temporarily absent, whose usual place of residence is in the sample unit. Includes people staying in the sample unit who have no other usual place of residence elsewhere. ( Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) )
Household TripOne or more household members traveling together. ( Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) )
Household TypeA classification taking into account the number of household members and their relationship to each other. Household types include family households and non-family households. Family households include married-couple households, female householders, and male householders with and without children in selected age groups. Non-family households include male and female householders living alone or not living alone. ( American Travel Survey (ATS) 1995 )
Household VehicleA motorized vehicle that is owned, leased, rented or company owned and available to be used regularly by household members during the travel period. Includes vehicles used solely for business purposes or business-owned vehicles if kept at home and used for the home to work trip, (e.g., taxicabs, police cars, etc.) which may be owned by, or assigned to, household members for their regular use. Includes all vehicles that were owned or available for use by members of the household during the travel period even though a vehicle may have been sold before the interview. Excludes vehicles that were not working and not expected to be working within 60 days, and vehicles that were purchased or received after the designated travel day. ( Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey (NPTS) )
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